Protests are a
cornerstone of free speech. Speaking out against perceived wrongdoings by
the government, and other authorities, is an essential part of modern western
In 2016, Colin Kaepernick
became a national figure after his protest against the oppression of people of
color in the United States.He was a
quarterback in the NFL, and protested by not standing while the United States’
national anthem was played before the start of NFL games.
Since then he has
been demonized, called everything from unpatriotic to a traitor. He has
been accused of being disrespectful to the American flag, to America itself,
and American veterans. He is vilified daily
because he chose to exercise his right to free speech. He has been
effectively shut out of playing in the NFL.
Is this right?Is this the price of protest?
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